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Aalo DesignBy Aalo Design
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Aalo DesignBy Aalo Design
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About

After shipping hundreds of items around the world, we're now on Kickstarter with a new collection that's more durable and sustainable than ever. 🙌


We believe that every piece of furniture in your space should be able to serve multiple forms and functions over its lifecycle. With clever engineering and thoughtful design, we're on a mission to say goodbye to the concept of "disposable furniture" while providing the most unique, flexible, and creative furniture solution ever made.


3-in-1 Desk (Standard frame shown): This item can be turned into a Standing Desk or a Coffee Table.
3-in-1 Desk (Standard frame shown): This item can be turned into a Standing Desk or a Coffee Table.

  • SIMPLE ASSEMBLY (& DISASSEMBLY)

Aalo uses only one type of hardware and tool, and can be assembled in just minutes. Put it together, take it apart and change it up over and over with ease!


  • BUY ONCE, REUSE FOREVER

Create 100+ designs from just 15 parts. With our Lego-like assembly, you can easily add or remove parts to fit your changing space needs, so Aalo can move and evolve with you.


  • DURABLE & SUSTAINABLE

Aluminum and Zinc construction with premium powder coating finish for maximum durability, while being 99% recyclable.








3-in-1 Side Table / Stool: use this side table as a stool, or add longer legs to turn it into a bar stool!
3-in-1 Side Table / Stool: use this side table as a stool, or add longer legs to turn it into a bar stool!


 "How do you make more attainable, sustainable, and durable furniture for today's lifestyle?" 

In North America alone, over 10 million tons of furniture items get thrown away every year. Leading brands are selling furniture with compromised quality and complex assembly, which only helps to perpetuate the concept of "disposable furniture" even further. At Aalo, we knew it was time for a change. 

Simply add or remove parts to give your furniture a new form and function.
Simply add or remove parts to give your furniture a new form and function.

Combining years of experience in manufacturing engineering and product design, we developed an entirely new type of furniture system with a unique interchangeable parts design. It's a modular furniture like you've never seen before.



No matter the shape or size, Aalo assembles with just one tool (standard hex key) in just a few minutes. We thoughtfully crafted every aspect of Aalo to be as simple and easy to work with as possible.

Connectors and beams are assembled to build a frame.
Connectors and beams are assembled to build a frame.
For table/bench tops, snap fit (new feature!) panels together, and finish by fastening it to the beams.
For table/bench tops, snap fit (new feature!) panels together, and finish by fastening it to the beams.

Our dynamic shelving system (Standard Frame Shown)
Our dynamic shelving system (Standard Frame Shown)





We carefully went through hundreds of material possibilities and ultimately settled on Aluminum and Zinc based on their manufacturability, strength, and recyclability. 

Over the last two years, our team has built a strong relationship (with 20+ visits spending months at a time at each factory) with our manufacturing partners in Toronto (Canada), Seoul (South Korea), and Shenzhen (China) to ensure our products are made with highest level of craftsmanship.


  • QUALITY MATERIALS

For Aalo 2.0, we've upgraded our previously Aluminum connectors with Zinc material, to achieve 40% more load bearing strength and x6 times better impact strength.

The rest of the beams and panel components are made with the same Aerospace-grade Aluminum we've been using from the beginning, with only about 1% of our total parts being made out of plastic materials.

Aalo vs. Baseball Bat Test
Aalo vs. Baseball Bat Test
3-in-1 Side Table can support more than 470 lbs (we would've put more if space allowed :p)
3-in-1 Side Table can support more than 470 lbs (we would've put more if space allowed :p)

  • VOC-FREE POWDER COAT FINISH

All of our metal parts are finished with premium textured powder coating. Aside from being one of the highest grade finishes available for furniture (in both scratch-resistance and durability), powder coating produces ZERO Volatile Organic Compounds during production unlike other common painting processes. This means no harmful chemicals are released to the environment during the finishing process.

  • 99% RECYCLABLE

 Aluminum and Zinc are amongst the most recyclable metals available. Our powder coated surfaces also easily burn off during the recycling process, making Aalo products 99% recyclable

  • TAKE IT OUTDOORS

We use stainless steel fasteners to complement our Aluminum & Zinc body, so that you can take Aalo outside for even greater versatility.




All of the items in our collection are multifunctional, meaning you can assemble it in different ways to fit your needs.

Buy once and get multiple uses for a long-lasting value, and feel free to get creative and change it up with additional parts! 

All of the Kickstarter Rewards can be assembled into at least 3 different configurations, and are ready for any upgrades or modifications for future use.


4-in-1 Coffee Table can be turned into two benches that can be stacked to become a shoe rack.
4-in-1 Coffee Table can be turned into two benches that can be stacked to become a shoe rack.
6-in-1 Garment Rack can be assembled into 6 different designs.
6-in-1 Garment Rack can be assembled into 6 different designs.






Thanks to our interchangeable parts system, Our patent-pending assembly system fits together like Lego™, so assembling Aalo furniture is easy, and you can break it down and reconfigure/reuse it a hundred times over.


Because of Aalo’s versatility, it’s possible to customize the furniture to fit your space. Just look at what our customers have created already!



Due to popular demand, we're excited to announce that we're developing a 3D Online Builder as part of our Aalo 2.0 Launch! 

All backers will receive exclusive access to our online builder to help us refine it and make it better before launching it publicly.

Aalo 2.0 Online Builder (Launching Fall 2019) - Easily build and modify unique designs!
Aalo 2.0 Online Builder (Launching Fall 2019) - Easily build and modify unique designs!



Aalo is a Y-Combinator backed company, with a small team (Brian and myself) of engineers having 10+ years of combined experience in manufacturing and product design. Despite being a small team, we've successfully launched Aalo 1.0 in 2018 and have shipped hundreds of items to customers worldwide, thanks to our supportive community of early-adopters and design-forward individuals.

I started Aalo back in 2017, after realizing that the way we consume furniture today is an experience full of compromises. Affordable "fast furniture" came with compromised quality, and most of the high quality furniture brands were simply out of my budget. Worst of all, there seemed to be no furniture option that was flexible enough to change and adapt to my frequently changing space needs.  

As a former manufacturing engineer at Toyota and Lexus, I decided to apply some of the principles from the famed Toyota Production System (TPS), particularly the concept of "Elimination of Muda (waste)" and "Kaizen (continuous improvement)" into our modular design, to build a truly flexible furniture system that continuously evolves with you. 

Months of building prototypes, visiting manufacturers and finally shipping Aalo 1.0
Months of building prototypes, visiting manufacturers and finally shipping Aalo 1.0

Read the full story behind our product development journey as told by Sejun, in collaboration with Kickstarter's 10th anniversary feature on Product Hunt.





NOTE: Our bundle options are only available to backers in United States & Canada for shipping cost reasons. If you're an international backer and want to order a bundle, you will have to order respective items independently including shipping fees. We'll try our best to make the shipping as cost effective as possible during the fulfillment process.






Why Kickstarter?

Kickstarter has always been on our roadmap! After all, a strong community of environmentally conscious and design-oriented consumers have been at the core of our journey so far with Aalo, and Kickstarter is a perfect place to find even more like minded people who can join and support us. :) The reason why we didn't launch our first version on Kickstarter was because we wanted to come to this platform with the highest confidence of understanding what it would take for us to manufacture and fulfill our product. We took Aalo 1.0 as a test bed to make sure our products can be made and sold at a small scale first, and now with Aalo 2.0, we're confidently introducing our new improvements to the Kickstarter community!



Risks and challenges

This is not our first rodeo, and we've learnt a lot after launching and delivering our first version last year. We are working with manufacturers that helped make Aalo 1.0 possible, and have already gone through the prototyping and majority of tooling phases to get Aalo 2.0 ready for production.

Having said that, we also learnt from our past experience that unanticipated circumstances do occur, so we've built in some breathing room in our schedule to compensate for that. In any case where production issues or delays occur, we'll make sure to provide real time updates in a fully transparent manner.

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